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    Centre of excellence on the way, as well as another re-application for monies for a new RDS (yet again). ..


    Leinster Rugby to open centre of excellence at Donnybrook
    Building, which cost €1.3m, will be first of five planned centres throughout the province

    John O'Sullivan


    Leinster Rugby are set to open the first of what it hopes will be five centres of excellence throughout the province in Donnybrook next month.

    The 6,000 square foot building is at the Old Wesley end of the ground incorporating the old Leinster Branch offices and the will house a gymnasium, meeting rooms, changing rooms and offices. It was built at a cost of €1.3 million.

    Mick Dawson, CEO of Leinster Rugby, explained the thought process behind the Donnybrook facility and those that will be created in other educational hubs around the province.

    “The schools system is fantastic but also there are an awful lot of other kids outside the traditional rugby playing schools who are playing rugby.

    “For them to thrive and develop a lot of the time their parents have to drive them to Dublin for extra sessions. The likes of Sean O’Brien and Tadhg Furlong, whose parents were fantastically supportive, we would like to have a centre closer to where they live. We are looking at working with IT Carlow, King’s Hospital and IT Dundalk, where we would partner those people.

    “We are nearly finished the one in Donnybrook. We will be able to cater for more of the sub academy, those in their first year out of school, just developing them, giving them better facilities and also our underage teams. We will also be able to cater for the IRFU underage teams and maybe their Sevens programme if they want to train there.

    “Donnybrook will cost about €1.3 million. We have been helped by philanthropy, a number of people have contributed towards that cost. It will be known as the Ken Wall Centre of Excellence.”

    In terms of funding the overall project, Leinster will look to apportion a percentage of any surplus arising from a Celebration Dinner to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the province’s Heineken Cup victory in 2009. A donation will also be made to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, at the behest of the players who were involved in the Michael Cheika-coached European winning team.

    The dinner for 1,000 people will take place in the RDS Main Hall on May 28th with tables of 10, costing €2,900, €4,500 and €7,500 of which there are a limited number remaining.
    Anglesea Stand

    Dawson said: “There are no raffles, no auctions. We have never gone near the Leinster corporate market. This is not an attempt to raise money. If there is any surplus it will go to the Children’s Hospital and the development of the Leinster centres of excellence.”

    The then head coach Cheika, Rocky Elsom and the remainder of the 2009 squad will be in attendance, including three members of Leinster’s current coaching cadre, Leo Cullen, Felipe Contepomi and John Fogarty.

    Leinster are also in the process of fine-tuning their application to redevelop the Anglesea Stand at the RDS under the Government’s large capital infrastructure fund for large scale sports development. The project is estimated to cost €30 million and the paperwork has to be submitted by April 17th.

    It is a joint venture from Leinster rugby and the Royal Dublin Society who together will raise 50 per cent of the required finance while seeking Government funding for the balance. The project already has a naming rights partner. It would increase the capacity of the stadium to 21,000 from its current 18,500. There is full planning permission for the venture.

    Dawson said: “You can only make application through a national governing body or county council. The RDS/Leinster rugby will be making an application through the IRFU. Deloitte are helping us put it together.

    “We would see it as a game-changer from a Leinster point of view. We are a multifaceted organisation in that we run a professional organisation but also run the game. An awful lot of the money that is generated through the professional team goes back into developing the game.

    “We are not trying to blow the capacity out of the water, just get better facilities for punters. We would like to think that this would be the start of the ultimate redevelopment of the RDS; this would be the first part of the jigsaw.”

    If they receive the requisite finance then the project might start in the summer of 2020, although that is considered a tight timeline given the tender process and a need to upscale the drawings
    Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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      Originally posted by Waterfordlad View Post
      The conveyor provides
      Zzzzzzzz

      We have little chance of winning Europe this year. We have lost Carberry, Murphy and Isa from last year and now losing O'Brien McGrath and Cronin and possibly one other senior member to leave aswell.
      Lose the above and the bench starts to look very bare. Takes a season or two to get some of these younger lads up to speed and the majority won't make the step up.
      We may take a few players from Munster. IRFU favouring the other provinces especially Munster.

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        Originally posted by Isa View Post

        Zzzzzzzz

        We have little chance of winning Europe this year. We have lost Carberry, Murphy and Isa from last year and now losing O'Brien McGrath and Cronin and possibly one other senior member to leave aswell.
        Lose the above and the bench starts to look very bare. Takes a season or two to get some of these younger lads up to speed and the majority won't make the step up.
        We may take a few players from Munster. IRFU favouring the other provinces especially Munster.
        Good to know you think some of our players would improve your team

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          Originally posted by Isa View Post

          Zzzzzzzz

          We have little chance of winning Europe this year. We have lost Carberry, Murphy and Isa from last year and now losing O'Brien McGrath and Cronin and possibly one other senior member to leave aswell.
          Lose the above and the bench starts to look very bare. Takes a season or two to get some of these younger lads up to speed and the majority won't make the step up.
          We may take a few players from Munster. IRFU favouring the other provinces especially Munster.
          Nothing to do with the IRFU favouring anybody, it’s simply players looking for game time so they can push for international honours.

          Jack McGrath has lost his place to Kilcoyne because he isn’t playing enough. He’s the one looking to change that.

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            Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post

            Good to know you think some of our players would improve your team
            Maybe he meant Conway, Beirne and Carbery returning home? Kearney, Fardy and Sexton will make next season but who knows after that.

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              Originally posted by Munsterboy View Post

              Nothing to do with the IRFU favouring anybody, it’s simply players looking for game time so they can push for international honours.

              Jack McGrath has lost his place to Kilcoyne because he isn’t playing enough. He’s the one looking to change that.
              Jack McGrath has lost his place to Kilkoyne because he isn't playing well enough. He gets plenty of minutes when he's not injured and in form.

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                From Irish Times:

                Leinster Look Streaks Ahead of Cheetahs

                Leinster v Cheetahs
                RDS, 7.35pm, Live on Eir Sport

                Rhys Ruddock has recovered from his hamstring injury and will captain Leinster against Cheetahs tonight giving Irish coach Joe Schmidt additional backrow options for the visit of France on Sunday week.

                Tighthead prop Andrew Porter is also a likely participant from the bench as Leinster lock on to securing Conference B with a bonus point win.

                With 25 points remaining on offer, however unlikely it is to catch Leinster, who are 22 points ahead of the field, it is mathematically possible, say if they lose all their remaining games and Edinburgh win all theirs with maximum points.

                Edinburgh and Leinster have one more meeting.

                For Cheetahs it is another day on the road after the International Rugby Players (IRP) body highlighted “major concerns” around World Rugby’s proposed International Competition.

                The first two of the IRP concerns featured multiple top-level test matches in different countries and time-zones in consecutive weeks as well as increased long-haul travel in short time frames.

                Cheetahs have three players who have played internationally for South Africa, Ox Nhe, Oupa Mohoje and Rudy Paige.

                So far the South African franchise has played seven times in the northern hemisphere since August. Leinster tonight will be their eighth time and Glasgow next week their ninth.

                That represents four return flights from South Africa to the UK and Ireland with more to come.

                Despite that the teams have crossed paths only once before in the competition in 2017, with the Cheetahs winning that encounter 38-19 in Bloemfontein.

                “When we played them down there that was one of the toughest games I think I played last year,” said Rory O’Loughlin, who lines out for Leinster at outside centre.

                “We got a pretty bad beating off them. Most teams struggle down there to play. It is tough with the travel and they are away for long periods especially with a Sunday game going into a Friday game it can’t be easy.

                “But they do similar travel when they are in Super Rugby. It’s just where they are in the world and they don’t have domestic competition at top level so it is a challenge. It’s always going to be a challenge I suppose.”

                It would be quite a feat for Cheetahs or the Kings, who in future years may have more Springbok players in their rosters, to play Pro14, The Rugby Championship and what World Rugby has proposed.

                For now Adam Byrne earns his 50th cap while in the half backs Jamison Gibson-Park starts with outhalf Ross Byrne. In the pack, it’s a new front row with Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne and Michael Bent starting.

                Ross Molony again starts but is joined by Scott Fardy in the secondrow. In the back row Ruddock takes his place at blindside, with Max Deegan and Caelan Doris again completing the pack. Leinster

                D Kearney; A Byrne, R O’Loughlin, C O’Brien, F McFadden, Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park, Peter Dooley, Bryan Byrne, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, S Fardy, R Ruddock (capt), M Deegan, C Doris
                Replacements: J Tracy, Ed Byrne, A Porter, M Kearney, J Murphy, H O’Sullivan, N Reid, B Daly. Cheetahs

                L Fouche, W Small-Smith, B van Rensburg, D Swanepoel, R Axwane, T Shoeman, T Meyer, O Nche, R Venter, A Coetzee, W Steenkamp, JP du Preez, G Olivier, A Nonkontwana, J Pokomela
                Replacements: J du Toit, C Marais, L de Bruin, S Manjezei, M van der Merwe, H Venter, R Paige, S Venter Referee

                N Owens (WRU)

                "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                  Originally posted by Isa View Post

                  Zzzzzzzz

                  We have little chance of winning Europe this year. We have lost Carberry, Murphy and Isa from last year and now losing O'Brien McGrath and Cronin and possibly one other senior member to leave aswell.
                  Lose the above and the bench starts to look very bare. Takes a season or two to get some of these younger lads up to speed and the majority won't make the step up.
                  We may take a few players from Munster. IRFU favouring the other provinces especially Munster.
                  What has losing "O'Brien McGrath and Cronin" next year got to do with winning the HCup this year?

                  ​​​​​​#GiveLeinsterTheHCupNow

                  Originally Posted by mr chips
                  AG gets the responses he does because he is a journalist..

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                    Originally posted by CP09 View Post

                    Jack McGrath has lost his place to Kilkoyne because he isn't playing well enough. He gets plenty of minutes when he's not injured and in form.
                    A fair point but if he was first choice he might get more opportunities to improve his form, that’s probably his thinking.

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                      C'mon Cheetahs!

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                        Cheetahs kicking is awful - inaccurate, no pressure i
                        on kicker, and predictable. I think we can say Leinster are in the semi.

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                          Swathes of empty seats in the RDS tonight.

                          Has the bubble burst?

                          Haemorrhaging supporters right left and centre despite being on a winning run and a chance to win their conference tonight.

                          If this was TP and 10 seats were unoccupied we would have hordes of our blue friends coming on here to say how fickle the Munster fans are.


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                            Originally posted by dermotmccarthy View Post
                            Swathes of empty seats in the RDS tonight.

                            Has the bubble burst?

                            Haemorrhaging supporters right left and centre despite being on a winning run and a chance to win their conference tonight.

                            If this was TP and 10 seats were unoccupied we would have hordes of our blue friends coming on here to say how fickle the Munster fans are.

                            And watching it, with 10+ mins to go there was steady stream of people leaving, with a bonus point beckoning. Looks a lousy might, mind you.

                            All that aside, congratulations, our blue cousins. semi final place secured with four games to go. See you in Glasgow!

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                              Utter bull**** from Nigel Owens tonight. One of the most obvious red cards of the season not given.

                              https://twitter.com/eirSport/status/1101571416720314368

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                                Originally posted by dermotmccarthy View Post
                                Swathes of empty seats in the RDS tonight.

                                Has the bubble burst?

                                Haemorrhaging supporters right left and centre despite being on a winning run and a chance to win their conference tonight.

                                If this was TP and 10 seats were unoccupied we would have hordes of our blue friends coming on here to say how fickle the Munster fans are.

                                Where have you been all my life DMcC?? Good to see you around these parts!
                                "I don't believe in fairytales," O'Connell once told me, "even though it feels like I've been lucky enough to live through a few. However it ends, I'll feel lucky."
                                Donald McRae, Guardian Rugby, October 2015

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